It’s not just a cake… It’s a Masterpiece!
Masterpiece Cake Shop
3355 South Wadsworth H-117
Lakewood, CO 80227
Believe it or not, I am not going to proselytize, I’m not going to editorialize. I’ll simply tell the story without comment.
I had forgotten, but a year ago I read about the story of this man’s business, a cake shop in Colorado. I had an opinion. I did a search and found the business’ email address, then sent him an email. My email is at the bottom of what follows, which is an email he sent many of us, an update on his situation. Here is his recent email….
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Here are some details about our case… It’s a long story, so feel free to skip down to the bottom. (where you see ***)
Two gentlemen came into my shop on Thursday, July 19, 2012, about 4:30 pm. They said they were interested in a wedding cake, for their wedding. I told them that I was sorry, but I didn’t make cakes for same-sex weddings. Surprised, they both replied “what?!”
My response to them was that while I would make cakes for their birthdays, showers, sell them cookies, brownies, whatever… I just don’t do the wedding cakes. At this, they both stood and stormed out of the store, one of them (by his own admission) made an obscene gesture, swore, saying something about a ” %#*&$*# homophobic cakeshop” (or bakery, I don’t recall which word was his exact one, nor did I hear the expletive).
Within about 30 minutes, I got the first phone call from someone verifying that this was the bakery that just refused to make a cake for a gay couple. I replied that it was, but I’m not sure if I was able to add that it was just the wedding cake or not, but it probably wouldn’t have mattered. A few minutes later, I got another call, and then another. I told the 2 girls that work for me that I would answer all the calls for the rest of the day. It’s normally part of their duties to answer the phones, as well as doing the wedding consultations, I just happened to be the only one available to sit with the two men when they came in. (Actually, it was designed by God that it would be me and me alone that represented the bakery with them, so that there wouldn’t be any involvement or repercussions with the girls.)
We close at 6:00 and by then I had 6 negative calls, some obscene, some just rude. All against my stand. When I got home emails were already coming in. I probably had 20 or 30 by the time I went to bed. When I woke up Friday morning and checked my emails, there were about 200! almost all, if not all, were negative.
The phone rang constantly all day Friday, including someone who threatened to come and shoot me. I called the police at this, and they came out and were able to witness the mayhem with the phones… both lines ringing back-to-back!
No one arrived to shoot me – the police couldn’t trace the call, as it probably came from a computer or something. Maybe even out of state.
This continued all day Friday and all day Saturday. I was able to talk at length with some of the callers, and I was able to share clearly my faith and the reasons why I believe the Bible to be God’s Word to us, and that while He clearly states in the Bible that homosexuality is wrong, so is all sin, and any sin in our lives keeps us out of fellowship with Him here on earth, but more importantly, separates us from Him through all eternity without the redemption offered through the death, burial and resurrection of His only son, Jesus Christ.
My decision not to participate in the gay weddings is not motivated by politics, i.e., my rights, guaranteed by the first amendment to the US Constitution, or a business decision, or hatred of gays – though I’ve been accused of all these and many other things. My decision is based solely on a desire to live my life in obedience to Him and His Word.
Anyway, the calls & emails continued to pour in Monday, and at some point on Monday, my caller-ID showed up as “Focus on the Family”. The call was from Steve Jordahl, of Family news in Focus. He had heard about the email flood from some of their sources and wanted to know if I’d like to be interviewed. We set it up for Tuesday, and it aired on Wednesday. Soon the story had gone national and I began to get many, many more supportive calls than negative ones.
That Saturday, 5 people picketed us, called the local news, we were interviewed by a local TV station and the picketers told the news that they would return the following Saturday with many more picketers. About 30 did. We also had a large number of supporters show up (probably more than 500 people) we also ended up interviewed by a few stations and in the Denver Post.
So by now, we’re national news. That’s probably when you heard the story.
Now for the update… (it’s much shorter than the previous info.)
Apparently, I have broken a law, C.R.S.24-34-301 (or something like that), which states that in a “place of public accommodation” it is illegal to refuse service to anyone for any reason, including “sexual orientation”.
The two gentlemen have each filed charges with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The penalty, if I’m found guilty (and my attorney, courtesy of the Alliance Defending Freedom, is pretty sure that we’ll lose this round, is a fine of between $50 and $500. It’s also possible that up to a year in jail might be added. So, we’ll have to appeal to a court.
She’s pretty sure that it will be an uphill battle all the way, because of the liberal state of Colorado’s government and Judicial system.
Ironically, my response to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission included a request for the names, addresses phone numbers & sexual orientation of all the people on my payroll. I’m pretty sure that it’s illegal to for me to ask that information.
They are also charging me with not providing a product that is for an illegal occasion. It’s against Colorado Law for people of the same sex to marry.
Also, the law that I’m breaking violates my first amendment right to practice freedom of religion…
In Colorado on May 1, 2013, Our governor, John Hickenlooper, signed into law a Civil Union bill, giving rights to same sex couples that are pretty similar to those that are guaranteed to married couples. Unfortunately, among other things, the law doesn’t consider the rights of adoption agencies, many of which are faith-based. They’ll be forced to place children into same-sex homes or face severe penalties – fines and possible imprisonment!
The same ideology will be imposed on any and everyone that tries to defend their own beliefs, therefore, in order to give the gays their rights, in the way that this bill is written, they take away or ignore the rights of everyone that doesn’t agree with the law for any reason including the first amendment rights to practice their religion the way they see fit.
So much for the first amendment!!
People continue to come into the shop to encourage me. Most of you aren’t able to stop in but the Lord has used your prayers and emails and kind words to encourage me and give me strength.
If you think it will do any good, write to your congressmen.
Another idea, II Chronicles 7:14 is a good place to start…
Thanks for being concerned about our situation,
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:20:23 -0400
Subject: Good for you, Mr. Phillips!!!!
Thank you for making a stand.
It seems a small minority and the liberal press have bullied us vast majority into total acceptance of everything… except what is right.
Thank you for speaking for us.